Late summer 2009 saw the opening of a new museum dedicated to the legendary Norwegian writer, Nobel Prize Winner Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) a stone's throw from the village of Hamarøy, in the northernmost part of Norway - above the Arctic Circle, in a country property where he spent his boyhood. Obsessed by the idea of writing like no-one else had written before, Hamsun with his great works - Hunger, Mysteries and Pan - became one of the founders of the new novel-writing, influencing many future generations of writers.
The visual image of the new museum was designed by the well-known American architect Steven Holl. The building - its concept has been defined as Building as a Body: Battleground of Invisible Forces - is, in a way, an attempt to embody the sensations experienced while reading Hamsun's novels: bizarre, astonishing and unique. The dark wood facade seems reminiscent of a typical Nordic church. The tall grass covering the rooftop is like a contemporary take on the traditional Norwegian sod roofs. The interior is dominated by rough and white concrete which provokes unusual play of light and shade. Alongside the exhibition rooms, the museum also houses a library, a reading room, a cafe and an auditorium equipped with the latest technologies: screenings of films based on Hamsun's novels - in all, over 17 titles - are held here.
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